Africa

Argument

Speak Softly and Let Others Carry the Big Stick

The problem with the 'light footprint' approach to U.S. military policy.

Jonathan Morgenstein |

Dispatch

Mad Money

Why foreign aid is at the heart of civil war in Congo.

Anjan Sundaram |

Rebuttal

Our Experience in Luvungi

International Medical Corps responds to Laura Heaton's investigation of mass rape in a small Congolese town.

Micah Williams |

Argument

Alone in the Desert

How Camus explains France's troubling intervention in Mali.

Robert Zaretsky |

Argument

Preventing the Next Mali

Why Washington can’t just sit by and let another full-fledged war break out in Sudan.

John Prendergast |

The List

Democracy’s Backward March

The six countries where freedom is fading fastest.

Elias Groll |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

In Box

Frontier Markets: A Short History

How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.

Ty McCormick |

Interview

Epiphanies from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.

Joshua E. Keating |

In Box

The Things They Carried: The Congolese Rebel

Maj. John Imani Nzenze, an M23 rebel commander, reveals what's in his camouflage backpack. 

Anjan Sundaram |

Dispatch

What Happened in Luvungi?

On rape and truth in Congo.

Laura Heaton |

Slide Show

On the Stump with Kenya's Leading Man

As Kenya's election nears its climax, an intimate look at candidate -- and prime minister -- Raila Odinga on the campaign trail.

Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin |

Dispatch

The Fall and Rise of Raila Odinga

In Kenya's contested election, the tortured past of family dynasty is alive but not quite well.

James Verini |

Argument

Let Them Eat Subsidies

The Obama administration could revolutionize aid and save billions -- if only Congress would stand up to the farm lobby.

John Norris |

Lab Report

The Kenya Puzzle

In Kenya, progress and dysfunction go hand in hand.

Daniel Branch |

Slide Show

Slumdog Politics

Photos from Mathare, one of Nairobi's sprawling slums, where warlords, witches, and drug dealers stump for votes ahead of next month's election.

Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin |

Dispatch

Vote M for Murder

In Kenya, politics is simply the continuation of war, by other means.

James Verini |

Argument

Uncharitable Organizations

Islamist groups are bankrolling terror groups across the Middle East and pretending it's aid work.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Argument

Stand with Rwanda

Now is no time to cut aid to Kigali.

Tony Blair |

Christian Caryl

What George W. Bush Did Right

The 43rd president of the United States did a great thing for humankind -- but most Americans have no idea.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Inside the Islamic Emirate of Timbuktu

An exclusive trove of al Qaeda documents found in this fabled city shows a theocracy in the making in Mali.

Harald Doornbos |

Dispatch

Cracks at the Core

It's not jihadists who are threatening to destroy Mali -- it's a massive culture of government corruption.

Tristan McConnell |

Argument

The Other Resource Curse

Moving away from fossil fuels could be devastating for some of the world's poorest countries.

Michael Levi |

Dispatch

Death Comes Quietly in Mali

It’s not Islamic radicals or war that’s killing the poor people of the Sahel. It’s something far simpler.

Anna Badkhen |

Slide Show

On the Warpath with France's Avant-Garde

Following in the footsteps of the French military advance in Mali.

Fabio Bucciarelli |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Mali Is Not a Stan

When it comes to covering Africa's latest conflict, it's suddenly amateur hour.

Laura Seay |

Slide Show

La Libération

French-led forces recapture the ancient town of Timbuktu.

Slide Show |

Case Studies

Paving the Way for Mandela's Election

Organizing the first post-apartheid election in 1994 took a lot of logistical planning and political inclusion. But it also took a lot of creativity in finding  solutions to the numerous problems that arose.

Amy Mawson |

Argument

We Have No Idea if Africa Is Rising

The rise of African economies has been a big subject of debate for FP contributors. But where are they getting their numbers?

Morten Jerven |